Buffalo hosts Detroit, looks to stop home slide
Detroit Red Wings (17-17-5, fifth in the Atlantic) vs. Buffalo Sabres (11-20-6, sixth in the Atlantic)
Buffalo, New York; Monday, 1 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Buffalo plays Detroit looking to end its seven-game home slide.
The Sabres are 3-6-3 against division opponents. Buffalo averages only 3.0 penalties per game, the fewest in the NHL. Alex Tuch leads the team averaging 0.4.
The Red Wings are 5-5-2 against the rest of their division. Detroit ranks 19th in the Eastern Conference with 28.9 shots per game and is averaging 2.7 goals.
The teams square off for the second game in a row.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jeff Skinner leads the Sabres with 13 goals and has 21 points. Tage Thompson has 7 points over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
Tyler Bertuzzi leads the Red Wings with 18 goals and has 31 points. Dylan Larkin has five goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Detroit.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 3-5-2, averaging 2.2 goals, 3.8 assists, 3.2 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game with a .908 save percentage.
Red Wings: 3-5-2, averaging 2.5 goals, four assists, 4.2 penalties and 12.6 penalty minutes while allowing 2.6 goals per game with a .917 save percentage.
INJURIES: Sabres: Peyton Krebs: out (health and safety protocols), Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: out (lower body), Dustin Tokarski: out (health protocols), Craig Anderson: out (upper body).
Red Wings: None listed.